Scar of Grootkloof

Landmarks / Miscellaneous in or near Cradock, Karoo Heartland in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsScar of Grootkloof

Where? Mountain Zebra National Park, Cradock, Eastern Cape

Overnight? Accommodation in Cradock, in Eastern Cape

Mountain Zebra National Park lies in amongst the Bankberg Mountains and a series of undulating hills just outside Cradock in the Karoo. This area receives 25% more rain than other more dry parts of the Karoo, mostly because of its proximity to mountains.

In 1974, just after a particularly heavy downfall of rain, when the rangers were setting the roads to rights along the Grootkloof area of the park, there was a sound like thunder rumbling, except that it sounded oddly off-key, not really like thunder at all. And it continued for about half an hour. The noises were such that people heard it in Cradock, 12 kilometres away.

On closer inspection the park discovered that a huge 22-ton dolerite rock had rolled down Bankberg Mountain, leaving a 250 metre-long scar on the landscape that is still visible today (you can hike the 10 km Idwala trail up to the Grootkloof scar).

The rock eventually came to rest at the foot of the mountain where it became known simply as the Big Rock, whilst the scar has been eroded by both wind and water over time to deepen into a visible scar; the scar of Grootkloof.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Cradock

The Palms Cradock

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The Palms Cradock

The Palms is situated along the Great Fish River, in the charming town of Cradock. There are many attractions in and ... more

Karoo Predatours

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Karoo Predatours

We can accommodate a maximum of 17 guests. The thatched rondavel complex can sleep a maximum of seven people in three ... more

White Rose Guest House

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White Rose Guest House

White Rose Guest House is located in the historic town of Cradock in the Eastern Cape. Conveniently situated within ... more


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